Other Options and How to Avoid the Dark Side
To enjoy safe, anonymous browsing, if HMA is too strongly named for you (you may have kids in the house, after all), there are many other free online proxies such as nobodycanstop.us, freeproxysite.com, or proxy4free.com which will serve you just fine. One survival tip, if you plan on using them often in hostile environments like work or school, is to mix up which proxy sites you use. Web traffic is typically less strictly supervised by IT administrators than downloads and installations, but 50 visits a day to the same site for several months will raise the eyebrows of your company or school's IT supervisor and the Chinese Thought Police alike.
However, not all proxy sites are benevolent. There have been examples of dishonest proxy webmasters who design their proxies to save any personal information, such as account passwords and credit card information. The way to minimize falling for a dishonest proxy is to read each one's terms of service, so you know if they store any of your data or not, and search the web for any good or bad reviews. If you find a sob story about some poor hack who ended up $10,000 in debt for using his credit card through a proxy, then you know which one to stay away from!
More often than being straight-out identity thieves, some proxies are tied in with marketing companies, so by using them, they get an idea of your online habits and send you all kinds of spam offers. A careful reading of the terms of service will reveal if the proxy site operates this way.
So whether you want to evade your cruel oppressors or slack off at work or school, you will find HTTPS proxy sites a valuable ally in your activities!